Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman's truncheon over the anarchist's bomb.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
To lead the people, walk behind them.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
If you make peaceful revolution impossible you make violent revolution inevitable
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you'll do things differently.
A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government.
The seed of revolution is repression.